Geospatial data layer depicting the location of dwelling units by type and employment by sector. Used for “painting” alternatives. It can be at any scale; the default scale is Census blocks, but parcels are also available for most locations in the US.


Application of dwelling units and/or jobs to selected geographies. You paint using UrbanFootprint  land use types.

UrbanFootprint Land Use Designations/Codes

A generalized land use classification (GLUC) system developed to help translate the many localized land use systems into UrbanFootprint. Designed to generalize the often highly context-specific land use typologies used by local jurisdictions and to capture the range of land uses in US cities and regions.

Regional/Local Land Use Designations/Codes

Land use classification (LUC) systems developed by jurisdictions (cities, counties, etc) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in order to track land uses and enforce zoning-based land use controls. Often highly specific to the predominant land uses in the area, capturing unique uses and outliers that are context-specific.

UrbanFootprint Land Use Types

Bundles of demographic densities and built form characteristics that depict variations in building, block and neighborhood configurations. Split into three types: buildings, building types and place types


Prototypical or empirical buildings, parks, and other elements as represented in UrbanFootprint by a set of key attributes. The core building block of the UrbanFootprint land use system. Used to create building types.

Building Types

Prototypical buildings created by mixing the characteristics of one or more components to make a blend.

Place Types

Prototypical places (urban districts) comprised of a blend of building and/or block types, plus other neighborhood characteristics, such as the area dedicated to right-of-way, parks and civic and institutional uses.


Process of distributing data from a larger scale to a smaller one. In UrbanFootprint, typically used to distribute demographic data from Census blocks or similar aggregate geographies to parcels.

UrbanFootprint Land Use Typing

Process that assigns qualitative labels to geographies based on a range of data points (demographic densities by residential type and employment sector and street intersection density).

Dwelling Unit Types

Detached single-family large lot, detached single-family small lot, attached single-family (townhomes), multifamily

Employment Sectors

Commercial and industrial jobs classified by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) two- and four- digit codes. Two-digit codes are: Retail, Office, Public, Industrial, Agricultural/Extraction and Military.

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